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Development of the Early Colonies/Colonial Life in America

by: Alex Olges

Development of the Early Colonies/Colonial Life in America HIST 2300

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These notes are from Verrone's lecture titled "Development of New England, Middle Colonies, & Southern Colonies (1620-1751)" and "Colonial Life in America (1608-1775)".
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Date Created: 09/23/16
Development of New England, Middle Colonies, & Southern Colonies (1620-1751)/Colonial Life in America (1608-1775) Thursday, September 8, 2016 10:51 AM Chronology so far… • 1660 in Virginia (w/ Jamestown): over 60k people living there 1. Spain and France get to America first • Pilgrims came to Jamestown (Virginia) on The Mayflower 2. First British completely disappears ○ …but missed it completely 3. British creates Jamestown  Ended up at present day Massachusetts (cape cod) ○ Side note: there was no actual Plymouth rock ○ Establish Plymouth colony  Came over for religious freedom, colony founded on this □ Puritan separatists ○ Before they came to New World, they wrote out on paper how they would govern their colony  Called The Mayflower Compact  Set who's in charge, how colony would be set up, and rules  Church led colony (no separation of church and state) □ Led everything  Did this on their own, without Britain's help or permission □ This sets the course for us going out and setting our own rules with the USA later ○ Thanksgiving did happen  Had the natives that helped them thru winter  Ate deer meat • Massachusetts Bay Colony ○ Come in @ 1630 (ten years after pilgrims arrive)  In 11 ships  700 people (300 died on the way over) ○ Puritans (not puritan separatists like the pilgrims) ○ Came for religious freedom, like the pilgrims ○ Ran things differently, the way they wanted  Added into the American ideology ○ 1631: 17 more ships show up, with over a 1000 people  Then had like 2000 people, huge undertaking ○ They wrote down their rules ○ Becomes Boston ○ John Winthrop, minister, leads colony  Religious head and political head □ No separation of church and state  Had small group of men that helped him run colony  Claimed his colony was the best, a shining city on the hill (first to say this phrase- "America is the best country in the world") □ Thomas Jefferson later writes about the shining city on the hill □ Says city will embody stability, order, andnot democracy (he hated democracy)  Thought uniformed people couldn't run the thing well  Was oligarchy, then  Did not tolerate any form of defiance □ Anne Hutchinson confronted John about adulterous elders, and how they didn't need him to talk to god; called out for hypocrisy a) Started to have own religious meetings w/ other people b) Her and family kicked out of colony @ 1638 c) Meets up with Roger Williams i) They founded Providence colony (eventually Rhode Island) d) Eventually killed by Indians on the way to New Amsterdam • Connecticut ○ Thomas Hooker takes group out of Massachusetts Bay colony to go to Connecticut ○ They write down their rules  Called the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut □ Was a constitution □ Said the government would tax everyone in the colony  Setting a future precedent □ Those in charge had special immunity not applying to rest of the common folk History of the United States to 1877 Page 1  Called the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut □ Was a constitution □ Said the government would tax everyone in the colony  Setting a future precedent □ Those in charge had special immunity not applying to rest of the common folk □ 1st duty of leader of colony is to follow word of god ○ Called a "Christian Commonwealth" ○ Name of colony: "New Haven" ○ Had its official Christian religion, but didn't actually have to be a member of that religion  This is actual freedom of religion (first colony to do this), unlike all the other colonies • "Congregationalist Church" • Rhode Island ○ Had full religious freedom- any religion ○ Official name: State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations • New York ○ Dutch colony  Traders, had powerful navy ○ Once known as "New Amsterdam" ○ Built a big fortification wall w/ cannons  Where Wall St. now is ○ British fight out the Dutch and take over by 1674 • New Jersey ○ Two political allies of royal family (Britain) given this land to split ○ Eventually consolidates to make New Jersey • Pennsylvania ○ Philadelphia will be the model for a lot of what the US is  Will be the capital thru the revolutionary war ○ People leave the Jerseys to go here ○ Founded by Penn family, a big Quaker family  William Penn founded and named the colony- name means "Penn's Woods" ○ Anyone can settle of any belief  Had Charter of Liberties □ Their constitution- saying religious freedom and political freedom and so on  This sets the precedent for US ○ Population booms because of colony's openness • Maryland ○ Mimics Pennsylvania colony - except more of a Catholic colony than Quaker  Another precedent is set for US ○ Set up town St. Mary's ○ 2nd Lord Baltimore in Britain helped fund Maryland  Baltimore named after him • Carolinas ○ Proprietorship colony  Get permission from crown to go settle ○ Set up Charlestown (present day S Carolina)  Named after the king ○ Aristocrats stay in south ○ Farmers and poorer people go north  These groups fight □ King splits the colony to two to stop fighting • Georgia ○ Smaller criminals taken over with soldiers to run Georgia colony ○ General James Oglethorpe sets up and runs colony military style ○ No rum, only small chunks of land could be owned  Could not go past Appalachian mountains or you die  No blacks - not even for slaves □ Used former prisoners for work instead  Very restricted trade w/ native Americans Colonial Life in America • Who are these people? ○ Largely nuclear families  Families had more kids in the south □ Limited space in the denser, more urban north • Population keeps increasing, never a total loss More and more people keep coming History of the United States to 1877 Page 2 ○ More and more people keep coming ○ Colonies become self-sustainable • Divorce ○ Not legal to divorce because you don't like them anymore ○ Woman could bring a divorce against the man  Although men usually had more success w/ divorce ○ Could divorce if…  Wife is unable to conceive  If partner left town • Kids in rural areas were expected and made to work ○ In urban areas, kids not really have to work  Had opportunities for school • Gender roles ○ Men ran everything ○ Women couldn't own property ○ Girls raised to be a lady (like southern belle) • Avg. lifespan ○ In New England - 16 years ○ Middle colonies - 45 years South colonies - 35 to 40 years ○ • What these people do… ○ Males i. Horseracing along w/ gambling ii. Hunting iii. Drinking ○ Females i. Sowing ii. Cooking iii. Gossiping/socializing • Education ○ Will separate out American society  Formal education v. informal education  Higher educated people (college) have huge advantage ○ First college in Jamestown, Virginia ○ Harvard was only for white males who were to be ministers ○ Most of colleges in northern colonies ○ Literacy rate - highest in New England, and goes down the further south you go • Cities ○ Why go to cities?  More stuff to do  Business  Social  Education  Healthcare □ Lower infant mortality rate ○ Major cities (in order - 1770) i. Philadelphia ii. New York iii. Boston iv. Charleston, SC v. Newport, RI  These are the centers of revolutionary thought - because of higher education ○ Colony population rankings (1770) i. Virginia ii. Pennsylvania iii. Massachusetts iv. Maryland v. North Carolina  In total, about 2.2 mil people in the new world ○ Urban problems  Crime  Overcrowding (not super huge issue quite yet, but still)  Disease □ Sanitation  No real sanitation system  Fire □ No fire department History of the United States to 1877 Page 3 □ No fire department □ Everything is made of wood □ No water system □ Oil lamps □ Buildings very close together □ Lightning • News ○ Means of news  Main way of news was thru newspapers □ First newspaper in 1704 in Boston □ Eventually all cities have their own newspaper  Word of mouth ○ Important to communicate prices of items and where to get them  As well as political ideology ○ By 1765 - 25 newspapers exist • Religion ○ Model of American religion based off of Puritan group ○ A bunch of towns grow from the puritan model  Run by the "select men" ○ New England most religiously diverse  Includes… □ Puritans □ Congregationalists □ Presbyterians □ Calvinists □ Baptists □ Catholics □ Jews □ Hindus □ Muslims □ Quakers □ And so on…. Includes 22 religions total -Last line on StudySoup ○ Played massive role in daily life, like it does today ○ Religious fervor goes up and down • Enlightenment (late 1600s) ○ European movement w/ science and religion ○ Most leaders embrace Enlightenment thinking, even those religious ○ Brought to America thru books and essays ○ Two basic beliefs before Enlightenment  Earth was at center of universe  God would intervene directly in human affairs ○ Said humans have reason and should use it  world is governed by laws of science  Individuals have a voice in politics, how their gov't should be run  Locke brought forth the "natural rights" idea  Society should progress, not stay in the status quo □ Nation should be able to improve itself ○ Ben Franklin played big part in getting Enlightenment thinking going ○ Deism: believe in god, but believe god created everything and then stepped away  Lots of leaders were this way, leading to believing humans can change things • The Great Awakening (1720s) ○ Goes against Enlightenment ○ Christian movement saying god is definitely in charge of universe and your life  Said you could have personal relationship with god ○ Suppresses Enlightenment thinking somewhat ○ Results of the Awakening  Divided existing congregations down the middle □ Methodism spawns out of this, among others  Some colleges turn to more secular curriculum □ Like Princeton and Harvard  American public and colonies got great lesson on how to question authority □ Allows the American revolution to actually happen • Between Enlightenment and Great Awakening… ○ Colonies choose to blend the two, keeping religion but making their own choices History of the United States to 1877 Page 4


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